KSA vs Qatar

Old Jan 15th 2022, 11:43 am
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After 6+ months in KSA moving from Qatar I notice the following differences:

-Life in KSA is more expensive than Qatar (except probably housing). Although Qatar has no VAT yet, but the 15% VAT in KSA does not justify the 30% (at least) increase in cost of living. Cars (both old and new) are at least 30% higher in KSA. Some items are ridiculously expensive such as dishwasher tabs, toilet paper, and vegetables (despite locally produced).

-Food quality in KSA is bad compared to Qatar given the same product. For example, I find all types of cheese deteriorating after a few days in the fridge in KSA, whereas the same type of cheese would stay weeks in the fridge in Qatar without change in the quality. It might be a problem with storage, transportation or both in KSA.

-I was thinking customer service in Qatar is bad until I came to KSA.

-Local people in KSA are more friendly (in my view) than locals in Qatar.

-Roads in KSA are much worse than Qatar in terms of quality, design and signs. No wonder accidents are very common. Many intersections have absolutely no signs whatsoever and leaving it to drivers to decide! The right of the way is for the ones who enter first/faster.

-Education quality (schools) is much worse in KSA than in Qatar. Yet, it is more expensive with limited choices.

-Fuel in KSA is less Octane and higher price than KSA

-People in KSA are less ethical than Qatar.
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Interesting observations there. Where you based?
and where you shopping?!
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Interesting observations there. Where you based?
and where you shopping?!
I am in the eastern province. I tried all sorts of supermarkets and found them all bad. Maybe the less worst one is Carrefour, and the worst of the worst is Panda
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Also I don't understand why the phone bill is every 28 days? They eat one month almost every year! The salary comes every 30 or 31 days though!
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I am in the eastern province. I tried all sorts of supermarkets and found them all bad. Maybe the less worst one is Carrefour, and the worst of the worst is Panda
Even Tamimi? I don't shop there much myself, but fruit and veg are normally fine, albeit expensive.

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Also I don't understand why the phone bill is every 28 days? They eat one month almost every year! The salary comes every 30 or 31 days though!
I don't have a landline so I wouldn't know. Just put credit on my phone as I need it. Hardly make any calls though and minutes come free with my internet package.
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